I've seen several gorgeous "all polymer" examples lately, but in the interest of time I chose to stick with wire for this project.
Using 14 ga silver plate wire, I wrapped a metal mandrel, trying to stay close to my chosen size. To even up the wraps, I then flipped over the wrapping to stretch the upper, smaller wraps to the same size.
I twisted the wire around itself and then created a few kinks which will be embedded in the polymer.
Next, I made my polymer base, textured, signed and cured.
Multiple bases could be created up to this point, just waiting for the final inspiration! I chose to cover this base with a rich, smoky purple, plus some shavings from a snake-skin block. A textured finish keeps the inevitable scratches to a minimum, but I just had to sand and buff the edges :D